What if my baby freaks out during our newborn session?

First things first, Most babies Freak out at some point.

You’re thinking,

  • Why won’t you stop crying?
  • I’ve literally done everything I can think of, but you’re still not happy.
  • Don’t you know I’m paying good money for this session?
  • Jenny’s baby cooperated in her session, why can’t you just go to sleep and let us get some nice photos?!

If this is happening during your session, I want you to stop, breathe and remember one thing: all newborns cry. You are going to be with me for a few hours and in that time your baby will want to feed multiple times, might get gassy, will pee, will poop, will fart, sometimes will get hiccups and then get mad about the hiccups! lol

These are natural, real emotions that all newborns have for most of their first few months of life. It’s not abnormal. There is nothing wrong with your child for doing it. It is nothing to be ashamed of. They aren’t doing it to embarrass you. And when you stress out about the fact that your baby is crying, that then makes things even worse because he or she knows you’re upset.

Don’t let the crying upset you. Embrace this moment in time. It won’t be long before you forget how her little forehead wrinkled up whenever she screamed, or how his toes would get all stretched out and tense when he was upset. If you want, I can even capture this moment for you. Its totally up to you.

The point of booking a newborn session is to help you preserve the first memories of your child’s life. While posed photos are cute, you’re not going to look back and think, “Remember how cute she was whenever she would lounge around the house in froggy pose?” because that didn’t happen. You’ll look back at these photos and remember all the nights you walked your baby around the house or rocked him in a chair and hummed lullabies to try to calm him down. Those times are very stressful, but they also help you form a bond and that’s what makes these photos treasured.

All that being said, if you have your heart set on those peaceful, posed photos, we can always take a break for a few minutes and try again and, if all else fails, reschedule. I have only ever had one client reschedule their newborn session in all the years I have been shooting! So don’t worry!

Here are 2 big points I always refer back too: 

  1. Refer back to my newborn guide! I created that for you, my clients. It helps with what to do to prepare for the session. Preparing for the session makes a WORLD of difference. I promise, I know when clients have used my tips in the guide. 
  2. We can take breaks for feeding, changing, rocking, ect. I block out EXTRA time for newborns. I know it can take 2-3hours where my normal sessions just take 1 hour.

9 thoughts on “What if my baby freaks out during our newborn session?

  1. Wow! This is great information for a newborn session! I’ll definitely be booking you as my photographer the next time I’m in Indianapolis! Thanks for a great read, and I love your website!

  2. You hit the nail on the head! I love the way you take care of your clients as a photographer, especially those newborn parents… it really is stressful! Such good advice for creating a safe and welcoming space for a session, without any fear of baby “messing it up.” So beautiful!

  3. I’m so glad you put this post up from the perspective of a newborn photographer. We are only a few weeks away from giving birth, and from that point, only a week or two from our newborn session. We have no idea how it’s going to end up. Reading this helped ease some of my worry. Thank you!

  4. I love seeing real emotions from a newborn session! And handling that stress is why people should hire a professional photographer in Indianapolis, luckily they have you!

  5. These are so adorable and such a helpful article! So many cute Indianapolis Newborn babies! You must love being their photographer

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